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When We Are Unloving (Part 2)

Let’s look a little closer at the other word I (Mark Fee) deliberately use when talking about sin or being unloving: the word “harm.” Whether we have passive or open aggression toward another, this is where we are being intentional to cause pain. We can do this in all kinds of ways: our words of…

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When We Are Unloving (Part 1)

What do we do when we are unloving, when we sin? I (Mark) use the term “unloving” for a reason. When we talk about sin we often mean failing to live up to some standard. Romans 3:23, for example, reminds us that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I have…

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The Prodigal Father’s Unconditional Love

The amazing love of God is the real focal point in the famous parable of the Prodigal Son. The father in that story had two sons who both believed their father loved them conditionally. The younger son believed he was disqualified from his father’s love because of his bad behavior. When he returned after wasting…

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Loving in Action (God Sightings)

When I (Mark) first began to experience God’s love by making time to come to Him to be loved, I mainly experienced His love through words alone. But then came a time in the life of our church when we were going through Gary Chapman’s book on the five love languages. When I started reflecting…

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Memorizing Bible Verses to Bless Others

Memorized Bible verses are powerful in many ways, including encouraging and fortifying us in battle. But we can also use them to bless others. When we speak God’s Word into another person’s heart, he or she can hear the Father and be encouraged and blessed. One time a friend and I (Mark) were praying for…

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Eat What is Good

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:2-3) Do you hear God’s tone of voice, His passion, coming through the text? He wants our souls to eat what is good,…

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Love Languages

Thanks to Gary Chapman and his work on The 5 Love Languages, we can better understand the primary love language we enjoy most, as well as the one we tend to communicate toward others. This helps us understand the various ways we can “speak” love to our neighbor and fulfill Jesus’ New Command: “Love one…

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Meditation on Psalm 25, Verse 1

As part of the First Loved to Love curriculum, we encourage practicing the “Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise” in order to better hear God speak his words of love to you through his Word using words and phrases that mean the same but maybe speak to your heart more deeply. Often this practice inspires a dialogue between…

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Loving Your Neighbor Through Prayer

Along with actions we can love our neighbors through prayer! To intercede in prayer on someone’s behalf is an incredible gift the Lord has given us, and he promises to listen: “When you call on me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you” (Jeremiah 29:12, personalized). FIRST, WHY PRAY? Because we…

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Loving Your Neighbor Through Actions

Jesus gave a New Command: “Love one another as I have loved you; so you must love one another.” He went on to say, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Our actions reveal the true nature of our heart. When we love others through actions—particularly loving…

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